Chinese Medicine and Illness

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Reston, Virginia, Bethesda, Maryland and in Washington D.C. Chinese Medicine focuses on achieving health and well-being through the cultivation of harmony in our lives.In Traditional Chinese Medicine there are internal and external factors that contributes to disharmony and illness. Internal factors include emotions; for example, a deficiency or ... Read More
 

Human Strengths and Virtues: Health and Happiness

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Reston, Virginia, Bethesda, Maryland and in Washington D.C. Happiness and health have been linked in literature and philosophy for a very long time. In Chinese Medicine, the ancient texts suggest that the best physician is the one who first teaches patients to cultivate qualities of being that lead ... Read More
 

The Dalai Lama’s Practice of Compassion

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Reston, Virginia, Bethesda, Maryland and in Washington D.C. We heard recently from someone who returned from India.  Her group met with the Dalai Lama for several days. The meetings focused on dialoguing what they believed were the five most important questions to be considered moving into the new ... Read More
 

A Resource Model of Growth

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Reston, Virginia, Bethesda, Maryland and in Washington D.C. In my Ashburn area acupunture practice, we use a resource model of self-development utilizing personal strengths and inner resources to generate growth.  Self-development and learning often place the emphasis on what is wrong with the person (pathologizing), on what is the ... Read More
 

The Process of Change: An Overview

In my acupuncture Bethesda, Md., and northern Virginia acupuncture practice, I use a model of change that has been proven to be helpful with many of my clients who are looking to improve their health and level of wellness.  The following is an overview or an outline of the main points in the model. — ... Read More
 

Examples of Cognitions Beliefs

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Reston, Virginia, Bethesda, Maryland and in Washington D.C. ISSUE:  Two of my friends got closer to each other than to me. Belief — “I am unworthy”  (sad, angry) ISSUE:  Business out of control Belief  — “To improve work, I have to worry.” Limited Self:  Worry, struggle, fear, control, ... Read More
 

Homework Behavioral Tasks

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Reston, Virginia, Bethesda, Maryland and in Washington D.C. 1.  Take a manageable piece. 2.  Do the container exercise.  Visualize yourself carrying out the task as you hold the container space.  Notice positive as well as potentially negative features. 3.  Notice obstacles: inner critic, excuses, rationalizations, fears, etc. 4.  ... Read More
 

Breathing Techniques

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Reston, Virginia, Bethesda, Maryland and in Washington D.C. Deep slow breathing: Back straight and relaxed.  One hand inside the other (right over left), palms facing up and thumbs touching.  Long, slow and deep inhalation expanding first the lower abdomen and then the chest, allowing the maximum amount of air ... Read More
 

Basic Grounding and Relaxation Technique

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Reston, Virginia, Bethesda, Maryland and in Washington D.C. Begin with the AHHH breath. Relax. Check your head, neck and shoulders; let them relax, let the tension drain down and out your feet, let the exhalation carry it.  Enjoy.  What is that like?  How is your back, your chest ... Read More
 

Qualities of Being: Reflections

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Reston, Virginia, Bethesda, Maryland and in Washington D.C. What brings joy, happiness and fulfillment are universal qualities inherent in our core consciousness or deeper self, qualities such as compassion, equanimity, generosity, presence, fairness, wisdom, courage, steadfastness, sympathy, integrity and valuing of life. The balanced flow of the five ... Read More